Duke Network

Duke maintains a robust wireless data network throughout West, East and Central campuses. This network provides mobile access to the Internet, including computing resources at Duke and throughout the world. The campus network is a system for the Duke community. Before you connect to the network, you should read Duke's Acceptable Use Policy.

Wired connections on campus

Duke's campus has wired Ethernet connectivity throughout residence halls, libraries, academic and administrative buildings, research labs and many classrooms. The standard connection speed is 100Mbps (Fast Ethernet), though 1000Mbps (Gigabit Ethernet) is selectively available in academic and research buildings.

Note that each dorm room has one activated Internet/network (Ethernet) connection. If you need a second Ethernet connection activated, contact the OIT Service Desk.

Wireless connections on campus

Wireless network access is available throughout Duke's residence halls and academic and administrative buildings. Outdoor coverage is provided at the Bryan Center Pavilion, Duke Gardens and Krzyzewskiville. Based on 802.11a/b/g/n technology, the wireless data network is constantly being expanded and improved to meet changing demands.

Note also that Duke provides a separate, low-bandwidth network for visitors. Because the visitor network does not require NetID registration, the service eliminates the need to issue temporary NetIDs to visitors requiring network connections. The visitor network is not as robust as the "Dukeblue" network; visitors will be able to use it primarily for web surfing and connecting via virtual private network back to other secure networks. The visitor network will not allow access to many services available through the "DukeOpen" network. If you have a Duke NetID, you should choose the "DukeBlue" wireless network, and then register your device on that network following the instructions on the Get Connected page. If you have questions about Duke’s wireless networks, please contact the OIT Service Desk.

Connecting to the Duke network from off campus

Faculty, staff and students can connect to Duke's network from off-campus via home broadband, or across the Internet through a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection .

DukeReg Network Registration

DukeReg enables self-service of host registrations on the Duke network, including updates to DNS names, DHCP configuration, static/dynamic IP addressing and more.

Network Address Translation

Duke is now using network address translation (NAT) on the wireless and Resnet networks to make better use of the limited number of public IP addresses available to us.